The Magic of Ordinary Days Olivia Dunne a studious minister s daughter who dreams of being an archaeologist never thought that the drama of World War II would affect her quiet life in Denver An exhilarating flirtation reshape

  • Title: The Magic of Ordinary Days
  • Author: Ann Howard Creel
  • ISBN: 9780142000908
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Paperback
  • Olivia Dunne, a studious minister s daughter who dreams of being an archaeologist, never thought that the drama of World War II would affect her quiet life in Denver An exhilarating flirtation reshapes her life, though, and she finds herself banished to a rural Colorado outpost, married to a man she hardly knows Overwhelmed by loneliness, Olivia tentatively tries to estaOlivia Dunne, a studious minister s daughter who dreams of being an archaeologist, never thought that the drama of World War II would affect her quiet life in Denver An exhilarating flirtation reshapes her life, though, and she finds herself banished to a rural Colorado outpost, married to a man she hardly knows Overwhelmed by loneliness, Olivia tentatively tries to establish a new life, finding much needed friendship and solace in two Japanese American sisters who are living at a nearby internment camp When Olivia unwittingly becomes an accomplice to a crime and is faced with betrayal, she finally confronts her own desires Beautifully written and filled with memorable characters, Creel s novel is a powerful exploration of the nature of trust and love.

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    1. 3 "whimsical, delicate but sometimes (often even) off the mark" stars. 2016 Most Disappointing Read (Tie) Ms. Creel had a 5 star book here had she taken more time and care with this gentle historical drama romance.This book takes place in Colorado in the 1940s. It is about an intelligent young woman who gets herself pregnant and then is sent to marry with a socially awkward but loving farmer who is willing to raise the child as his own. She befriends two Japanese sisters that work on her husband [...]

    2. I loved this book! I picked it up after watching and loving the Hallmark movie version of the novel. It's even better than the movie! It's set in 1940's Colorado farming country, and Livvy is forced into an arranged marriage by her strict father when she becomes pregnant out of wedlock. She marries a shy, simple farmer she's never met before her wedding day. This book taught a few lessons that I loved:1. Love between a husband and wife is not just about physical attraction, butterflies in the st [...]

    3. I loved this. Reading each page was like rolling a chocolate around in my mouth. The words and images were that beautiful. The story was artfully and thoughtfully created and I ended up loving these wonderfully human characters with all their brilliance and flaws. As my friend Laura pointed out, it was so great to see the protagonist's attitude change over the course of the book. I think it was because she was surrounded by uncommonly good and kind people, whose words and actions brought me to t [...]

    4. I first 'saw' this book as a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie on TV. I was so impressed with the story that I had to get the book. Olivia Dunne is the oldest of three sisters. She is the only one who is single and she is also pursuing her master's degree in history. Intelligent with goals to better her life, she wants to become an archeologist. At the opening of the story she is taking care of her mother who is ill. This is a simple story of love-gone-wrong during the early days of WWII. Olivia is a [...]

    5. I really did not like this book. I found the plot and the writing to be too simplistic, the characters to be too one-dimensional, and the relationships between characters to be poorly developed. The choices made by the characters felt contrived and I did not find myself caring in the least what would become of them. I especially disliked the main character, Livvy, and found her to be self-centered and lazy. You live on a farm during WWII and you complain that you don't have enough to do? Really? [...]

    6. I love the setting because it is very close to where I grew up. She is a great story weaver!

    7. RATING JUST BASED OFF OF THE MOVIE!!!! I KNOW THIS IS A BOOK PLACE. BUT I KNOW I'LL NEVER READ THIS BECAUSE OF THE MOVIE AND PEOPLE SAID THE MOVIE WAS PRETTY ACCURATE.For one, I HATED the heroine. She was ungrateful, and treated the hero badly when all he wanted to do was help her and love her. She planned to leave after practically mooching off his money, food, and home for like 8months.The hero was perfect. Like literally. He said such sweet things.There were moments of too much history. His b [...]

    8. The oldest of three sisters, Livvy insisted that her life was meant for exploring the world and making new discoveries. As she watched her sisters marry young soldiers, Livvy was certain she could accomplish more than love. However, all plans were put on hold when Livvy's ailing mother took a turn for the worse. Livvy drops everything to see her mother out of this world. Sturggeling with grief, Livvy makes a decision that will change her life. Now, she finds herself in rural Colorado, married to [...]

    9. This is a gentle, thought provoking story of a young pregnant woman who is sent away to marry a farmer before her child is born. Its a story of acceptance, forgiveness, and a slow building love. Life doesn't always turn out the way one envisions but that doesn't mean it cant turn out well. Ray (her arranged husband) is so sweet and tenderhearted that your heart aches for her to accept him. Overall a very good read and I enjoyed itNTENT :SEX : There is one sex scene (one paragraph) where she thin [...]

    10. I thought this book was okay. But if you like novels, you probably would like it more than I did. (My reader friend who suggested it to me said it was the BEST BOOK EVER!!! But she also loved Twilight and all the other books that I am ho-hum on.)My problem is, when I am reading a fictional book I keep thinking, "This is so dumb. It didn't even happen. These people are fake. It's not even real. Why am I even reading this?" I just love awesome non-fiction, where the stories are true and you could [...]

    11. I watched the Hallmark movie with Keri Russell and Skeet Ulrich first and absolutely loved the story, so I was eager to read the book that the movie was based off. Aren't books always better than the movies? In this case, no, for while it is a strong book I actually preferred the movie.Livy, a young woman living in Denver, unexpectedly becomes pregnant when she has an out of character fling with a WWII soldier, for she has been bereft and lonely since her mother's death. Her pastor father is sca [...]

    12. I really liked this book. I was a bit disappointed in the ending--not how it ended, just that it was wrapped up a little more quickly than I would have liked.That said, please don't let the slow beginning turn you off. Trust me on this. Don't give up on it. This book is a love story that kind of sneaks up on you. Contrasts true love with what so many girls think love is and in the end I loved it! It's not an exciting book, but a good book that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy. I was really [...]

    13. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The author generally writes for juvenile audiences, and I think that shows through a little in this book. I felt there were a few parts that were weaker in terms of the writing; at several points the author gives factual detail about farming or the war that almost reads like a textbook, for example, but these did not dominate the story for me. I found the plot to be engaging, perhaps because the crisis the main character faces is one so many women have faced [...]

    14. 3.5 starsa word of caution: this review might be the most biased review i ever write on e magic of ordinary days (from here out TMOOD) is a quiet story of learning to love when you've been betrayed badly by those you've trusted, loved, and lost. i knew i was in trouble when the back cover "applause" included the line "gentle but powerful" - any turn of phrase that could easily grace the box of some feminine cleansing product as it does a book jacket probably isn't ideal. know what i'm sayin'?the [...]

    15. 3.5. I absolutely love that this protagonist is getting her master's degree in history when World War II begins. She gets herself into trouble and her minister father arranges that she move from Denver into the country and marry a farmer. The farm is isolated and lonely. Livvy investigates antiques and artifacts she finds from the homesteading days, still a historian at heart. She's not beautiful, and her new husband isn't handsome. I like all of that.I also enjoy Livvy's relationship with two s [...]

    16. Eh. This book was okay. I was disappointed because I thought the Japanese internment camp would be more prominently featured, but the main focus was on the protagonist's love life. My fault for not reading between the lines of the back cover copy.

    17. Ann Howard Creel has crafted a uniquely-written, touching story of WWII Colorado war bride Olivia Dunne. I enjoyed the story of Olivia's personal changes and growth, as she experiences married life and re-defines what is most important to her.

    18. I really, really liked this book. I was a bit disappointed in the ending--not in _how_ it ended, just that it was wrapped up a little more quickly than I would have liked. Favorite quotes:"I miss all the lively conversations, the sharing of ideas. A classroom of students may read the same piece of poetry or the same passage in a novel, and each person will interpret it differently." "Perhaps someday, we could all make it back to the places where we started.""Three months and I wondered, how much [...]

    19. Well, I'd say I like this book since I finished it in one day. It was nicely written. The evolving story of Livvy's pregnancy, and her gradual love for her husband. He truly was the kindest of men. What a huge commitment and responsibility to take on a stranger as your wife. And to be completely devoted from the get go. It was so sweet.Livvy's friendship with Rosa and Lorelei was fun to see unfold as well. I though it interesting that she was upset at being lied to and deceived, and yet had comp [...]

    20. I enjoyed reading this book. Set in the early 1940's in Colorado. Where a young lady experiences the death of a loved one and her whole life plan changes because of decisions made throughout the few months following. She is able to overcome certain obstacles and be able to trust and love once again. It's an arranged marriage -- which was interesting enough to read about because anymore the husband and wife to be usually know each other ahead of time, and fall in love. In this story the "couple" [...]

    21. I enjoyed this book. Sweet story of learning what love really is, and finding happiness in whatever place life takes us. Sacrificing good dreams for other good dreams. Engaging historical fiction. I do agree with other reviews (Arianne's) -- she ended way too abruptly and could've done a much better job with closure. Several ideas and storyline were left simply undeveloped at the end. But, overall a lovely, simple read.

    22. This book was very interesting--not as much in the subject matter (although that was quite interesting as well), but in the way it moves. It isa very soft book. I don't know if that makes any sense. It isn't one that demands to be read, one that you can't put down, but it does keep you coming back. It was a little slow moving, but I think that was a virtue rather than a fault. I really enjoyed it.

    23. Slow beginning, so don't give up on it. This book is a love story that kind of sneaks up on you. Contrasts true love with what so many girls think love is. I loved it! Not a truly exciting book, but good anyway.

    24. Loved, loved, loved this book. The magic of love grows through the daily acts of service and devotion, patience and understanding. I truly did not want this book to end. The writing to me was magical, too.

    25. Beautiful story told in a truly beautiful way. A bit slow for my taste, but filled with imagery and symbolism. The romance grew so slowly, I hardly saw it coming but was so glad the way it happened.

    26. I actually would give this book four stars, except some aspects of how the story ended bothered me. But besides that, I really enjoyed the book. I loved the different viewpoint of the simple lives of farmers during such tumultuous times during WWII. I also found the writing to have imagery that was beautiful.

    27. I really liked this story but I kept thinking it is familiar for some reason. well darn, I am behind the times, they made a Hallmark channel movie like 12 years ago! so yes I remember watching that movie, based on the book. a few things different but overall excellent story.

    28. This was an interesting and lovely story that takes place during WWII. A young woman has been sent to a small town in Colorado, by her father, to be married to a beet farmer. She's in the family way, and unmarried, so this was a way to save face and give her baby a name. She had big plans before her life was ruined by a fling with a soldier heading off to war. Now, her dreams of being an archeologist are cast aside. She has resigned herself to fulfill her duty, but she is resentful, and disconte [...]

    29. This isn't one of those books that will keep you hyperventilating and on the edge of your seat. It's rather a thoughtful, quiet book that deals with love, trust, betrayal, and ultimately sifting through life's numerous distractions to determine what ultimately matters most.Olivia Dunne is an independent, ambitious young woman who enjoys her life in Denver during World War II. She has dreams--big ones--of ultimately achieving a college education and becoming an archeologist. Since her girlhood, s [...]

    30. There is a blurb from author Susan Vreeland on the cover of this book that describes The Magic of Ordinary Days as "highly satisfying." I'd have to say that is exactly how I felt about this book. This novel did something that few of the books I've read recently has done, it lingered with me. For several days after finishing the book I would think about it and pick it back up to read over certain sections or passages again.At the height of World War II Livvy Dunne is a strong, intelligent and ind [...]

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